According to the March Labour Force Survey Report from Statistics Canada, employment increased by 303,100 in March while the unemployment rate fell to 7.5%, the lowest level since February 2020.
This month’s report reflects labour market conditions during the week of March 14 to 20 when, compared with the February 2021 reference week, public health measures were less restrictive in several provinces.
As public health restrictions eased, the number of people working in several industries most affected by the restrictions increased. For example, employment in retail trade rose by 95,000 (+4.5%), bringing employment back to the levels observed before the pandemic in February 2020, and employment in information, culture and recreation increased for the first time since September as 62,000 (+9.4%) more people worked in this industry in March.
There were also 21,000 (+2.4%) more people working in accommodation and food services; the number of people working in health care and social assistance rose by 47,000 (+1.9%); and, after increasing by nearly 30,000 in February, employment in educational services increased a further 35,000 (+2.4%), almost entirely because of gains in Ontario and Alberta.
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